“Civil society is often ignored by leaders of Russia and EU in their summits and this had to change. For Civil Society to have more impact the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum has now been founded. The Forum must also hold the Russian authorities to account of protecting constitutional rights such as freedom of assembly. I’m confident, that the European Parliament will be facilitating and supporting this initiative.”
Heidi Hautala, former Chair of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights.